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James William “Jim” Hornocker, Jr.Passing: April 30, 2020


Cresthaven Memory Gardens

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Cresthaven Memory Gardens

Monday, May 4th

MITCHELL – James William “Jim” Hornocker, Jr., 68, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born July 22, 1951, in Bedford, he was the son of James William and Deloris (Reichman) Hornocker, Sr.  He married Mary Lou Suddarth May 17, 2011.

Jim served six years as a Mitchell Police Officer and retired from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department with 35 years of service.  He held the rank of captain for 29 years.  He was a U. S. Army veteran, held the rank of Master Sergeant, and was a member of American Legion Post No. 250.  Jim was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 14 F&AM and La-Or-Ma Shrine Club.   He was a founding member of Spring Mill Fraternal Order of Police and dedicated his life to law enforcement.  Jim was a member of Avoca Baptist Church and a graduate of Bedford High School in 1969.  Jim raised horses, was a horse farrier, and  spent lots of time with his friends at horse camps.  Jim was a fan of NASCAR and the Indianapolis Colts. He enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters, Megan and Miranda, and his dog, Sluggo.

Mary Lou Hornocker of Mitchell
Cassie (Paul) Terry of Orleans
Dustin Roberts of North Carolina
Kyle Roberts of Mitchell
Miranda Terry of Bloomington
Megan Terry of Orleans
Emma Roberts of Mitchell
Dylan Roberts of New Palestine
Jaxon Roberts of Mitchell
Brennan (Leslie) Winkler of Mitchell
Abigail (Cody) Combs of Bedford
Karen Hughes of Bedford
Sherry (Mick) Slessinger of Ellettsville
Travis (Jenny) Shofner of Bedford
Blayne Slessinger of Ellettsville
Jennifer (Mike) Bierbaum of Bedford
Bobbie Jo Pike of Scipio
several step nieces and  nephews whom he cared for dearly

His parents preceded him in death.

Private family service will be Monday, May 4, at Cresthaven Memory Gardens.  Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department Chaplain Jeff Nikirk will officiate.

Memorial Gifts: Spring Mill Fraternal Order of Police No. 172

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14 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Suzi Connell Wilson | Bedford, IN
    Date: May 4, 2020
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you today.
  2. Guest: Raymond Quillen | Bedford, indiana
    Date: May 3, 2020
    Sorry for your loss...
  3. Guest: Frank Chastain and Becky and family | Rensselaer In
    Date: May 3, 2020
    Love to the family
  4. Guest: Victoria Sears Bahnsen | Port Clinton, OH
    Date: May 2, 2020
    I'm sorry for you and your family. My husband is with force here. It sounds as if he was a blessing to many.
  5. Guest: Jerry Taylor | Bedford, IN
    Date: May 2, 2020
    I went to school with Jim at Bedford. We would speak to one another when we ran in to each other. May God bless his family and friends.
  6. Guest: David Edwards | Bedford
    Date: May 2, 2020
    Sorry to hear about Jim. He was a fine man and brother. He will be missed.
  7. Guest: Jerry Milligan | Mitchell, In.
    Date: May 2, 2020
    Sorry for your loss Mary Lou sending prayers to family and friends. Jim was one of the best officers to ever wear the badge in Mitchell and Lawrence county sheriff's department he had a great sense of humor and wore his badge with respect and honor he will be sadly missed R.I.P Jim!!!!!!!!
  8. Guest: Pat Rasnic | Indianapolis, IN
    Date: May 2, 2020
    Mary Lou and family: You are in my thoughts and prayers!
  9. Guest: Dave Flynn | Bedford Indiana
    Date: May 2, 2020
    Was hands down one of the best officers I ever had the privilege to work with. Proud to say Jim was my friend. Many good memories.
  10. Guest: Larry and Connie Smith | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: May 2, 2020
    Mary Lou, so, so sorry! Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
  11. Guest: Carla Yates | Bedford
    Date: May 2, 2020
    So sorry to hear about Jim passing away. He was a very pleasant and kind person. Prayers for MaryLou and all the family.
  12. Guest: Dale E Underwood | Bedford
    Date: May 2, 2020
    Sorry to learn of this good man's passing. Condolences to those he loved and who loved him.
  13. Guest: Louis&Barbara Slessinger | Bloomington, IN
    Date: May 2, 2020
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Sherry, Karen, and family. Jim was a wonderful person and now is at rest.
  14. Guest: Janet and Charlie Noe | Mitchell
    Date: May 1, 2020
    Marylou, was so sorry to hear of Jims passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.